As a FWITA, you will be brought a dog that may not have been “home tested.”

  • If the dog is a stray or rescued from one of the county shelters, AGR will have no history on the dog.
  • The dog may not be housebroken.
  • The dog may be untrained to the leash or to car rides, and may have no “house manners” or any kind of obedience training.
  • The dog may not be used to being around children or cats.
  • The dog may be ill, and, if so, may have a disease that can be transmitted to another dog that may already be in your household. If a resident dog gets sick because it has contracted an illness from a foster Golden, AGR will not cover any medical expenses incurred by the resident dog.

If you have a resident dog(s), we encourage you to protect him as much as possible by:

  • having your resident dog(s) vaccinated against Bordatella (kennel cough)
  • keeping your resident(s) separated from a newly rescued dog until the dog’s health can be evaluated by a vet.


Foster/FWITA families are responsible for daily care of the foster dog, including:


  • feeding
  • exercising
  • socializing
  • brushing and grooming, as needed
  • reinforcing basic obedience commands
  • observing and evaluating general behavior and temperament
  • and, of course, providing love and security to a special Golden at an often difficult time in his or her life

As a FWITA, it will also be your responsibility to take the dog to one of our approved participating veterinarians for its initial health evaluation. You may also have to make additional trips to the vet if the dog needs to be spayed or neutered or is ill and requires follow-up visits. AGR will cover all approved veterinary costs as long as the dog